Mohammed ben Sulayem has been elected as the FIA’s new president, becoming the most powerful person in world motorsport, in succession to the long-serving Jean Todt.
With former Ferrari boss Jean Todt standing down after more than a decade and maximum three terms in the role, Ben Sulayem won Friday’s vote of the FIA General Assembly against Britain’s Graham Stoker and becomes the first non-European president of motorsport’s world governing body. Born in Dubai, the 60-year-old is a 14-time Middle East rally champion and has been vice-president for sport at the FIA, in addition to a member of the World Motor Sport Council.
Scuderia Ferrari Team Principal, Mattia Binotto, who sits on the FIA Motor Sport World Council, representing all ten teams taking part in the Formula 1 World Championship, had these words of welcome:
“On behalf of Scuderia Ferrari I wish to congratulate Mohammed Ben Sulayem on his election as President of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile. As a member of the FIA World Motor Sport Council, representing the Formula 1 teams, I look forward to working with President Ben Sulayem and his team towards making our sport ever stronger and capable of dealing with the challenges that lie ahead. At this time, I would also like to once more thank Jean Todt for the amazing job he has done during his three terms as FIA President. He leaves a priceless legacy not just to the FIA, but also to the entire world of motoring.”
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